While there are several options for bariatric weight loss surgery, on lap band surgery is reversible. In fact, lap band removal is pretty common. It’s also fairly easy to do.
Patients have their lap band removed for a number or reasons. Some feel they are not losing enough weight. Others suffer from pretty rare but uncomfortable side effects like nausea, stomach pain, swallowing problems or acid reflux. Still others have their bands slip out of place or erode, making them less effective. Continue reading
Did you know that approximately 13% of adults with severe obesity have a major depressive disorder and almost 20% have some form of anxiety disorder? Obesity affects not only our physical health, but our mental health as well. Continue reading
We’re hearing more these days that the American population is becoming overweight. Often times we hear the culprit being poor diet. But what else is leading to this trend? The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute may have the answer. The number one cause attributed to Obesity is what they call a Lack of Energy Balance. Continue reading
Tuesday, the American Medical Association (AMA) declared obesity a disease. This declaration effectively defines over 100 million people as requiring treatment for obesity.
The AMA, made up of some of the nation’s leading physicians, took to voting after much debate on the cost/benefit of declaring this condition a disease. Would this help more affected patients get treatment, or would it stigmatize a condition with many causes and few fixes? Continue reading